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    Can a woman be called HERO?

    Metro driver called a hero who saved lives in crash - CNN.com

    As I understand,a hero is a man, a heroin is a woman. Any new definition in this regard?

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Metro driver called a hero who saved lives in crash - CNN.com

    As I understand,a hero is a man, a heroin is a woman. Any new definition in this regard?
    Hero is masculine, heroine is feminine.

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hero is masculine, heroine is feminine.

    Thank you for correcting the spelling.

    I know the difference between hero and heroine. Do you mean the
    CNN report has made a mistake?

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Thank you for correcting the spelling.

    I know the difference between hero and heroine. Do you mean the
    CNN report has made a mistake?
    Perhaps they are being 'politically correct', not drawing a distiction between male and female.

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    bhaisahab has answered your question, but to answer the question posed in the subject of this thread, Yes! I know a woman called "Hero". It is quite an old fashioned name, but it is a girl's name.

    (To put it more directly, the subject of this thread should have been 'Can a woman be called a hero?')

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    Last edited by BobK; 28-Jun-2009 at 18:30. Reason: Fix typos (WiFi in the garden)

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    Hero was the name of an ancient Greek... er, heroine.
    Last edited by orangutan; 28-Jun-2009 at 16:28.

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Metro driver called a hero who saved lives in crash - CNN.com

    As I understand,a hero is a man, a heroin is a woman. Any new definition in this regard?
    Yes, a woman can be a hero.
    'Hero' and 'heroine' are counterparts if you're talking about characters in a novel. But these days, a woman who does something courageous like this is more likely to be labelled a hero than a heroine (in my experience).

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    Quote Originally Posted by orangutan View Post
    Hero was the name of an ancient Greek... er, heroine.
    Indeed. When I said 'old-fashioned' though I didn't mean 'used by the ancient Greeks'! Until the 1950s the name was quite popular (in England, that is, and 'not unknown' might be more accurate then 'quite popular'). But if you consider the current cohort of nursery-school goers, there will be hundreds of little girls called Kaylie and very few, if any, called Hero.

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker.

    There are quite a few feminine forms of terms that are falling out of use. As bhaisahab said, this has a lot to do with "political correctness".

    Also, the word "heroine" has another cultural problem with it. In the late 1800's, Bayer Pharmaceuticals decided to use the word for its new product, the now-infamous "Heroin" (aka diacetylmorphine). As pretty much everyone knows, their creation has destroyed countless lives and families, so that may also be attributed to a lessened use of the word "heroine" to mean a female hero.

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    Re: Can a woman be called HERO?

    Quote Originally Posted by jackolantern View Post
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    There are quite a few feminine forms of terms that are falling out of use. As bhaisahab said, this has a lot to do with "political correctness".

    ...
    And some fell out of use even before the onset of political correctness: my favourite was 'aviatrix' - Aviator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Wikipedia thinks it's still in use; the writer of the article presumably isn't from the UK) )

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